For Leaders

This website page shows some of the activities on offer to Girlguiding Units by businesses or organisations as well as any Girlguiding IW information. Unit face to face activities offered below are  ‘on hold’ until further notice due to COVID 19 but you might like to try virtual meetings or activities. There are ideas on the national Girlguiding website and below an idea from an IW Section Commissioner.

If your unit has enjoyed a special activity that you think others would enjoy then please use the ‘Contact’ link on this website and tell us about it. Information on the activity can then be shared with others.

Leaders are encouraged to use this website page on a regular basis as it will show information that will be useful to Units/Leaders/Assistant Leaders/Unit helpers/Young Leaders.

Returning to face-to-face Guiding indoors- Information from Girlguiding HQ London. Sept.2020. Please consult with Island Commissioner before arranging a face to face meeting. 5.11.2020- On hold again due to 2nd Lockdown.

We’re pleased to let you know that from 24 September you’ll be able to meet face-to-face indoors – if you have completed and signed off your risk assessment and your local area or national government allows it. Although we’re in an ever-changing environment – with Government restrictions and rules adapting to the spread of coronavirus – we want to make sure you all had the resources you need to return to indoor face-to-face guiding when you can.

We know that lots of you have questions about the most recent update to the number of people meeting in England, namely the cap of six people meeting. We’re happy to tell you that the Government has confirmed that this does not apply to youth organisations like ours. You can continue to plan to return to indoor and outdoor meetings if this works for you. Here are the resources you need to prep for indoor guiding:

  • There is a new risk assessment for you. Please give your commissioner two weeks to sign it off.
  • We have a new procedure which is the same process used to re-start guiding outdoors.
  • And a parent letter template that you can adapt to suit your unit’s needs.

At the start of 2021 Susan Barber writes,” I have a new shop in Newport. It is a party/craft  shop and I have  a laser cutter and would like to offer my services to you if you ever need craft packs, This might help the girls achieve there badges and have something to do to have fun.”

Virtual activity for units:

From Carla Ranger Section Commissioner Girlguiding IW/Brownie Leader:

Have you heard about Rosemary and her guide dog Una? Rosemary has been running free virtual sessions about Guide dogs and sharing her story of how she got Una. She tailors her sessions for the section, is very happy to answer any questions and also very entertaining. I’ve had her at Rangers in October by request from one of the Rangers and she is due to join us at Brownies this month.

She has a Facebook page – Una the Guide Dog and is selling badges to raise funds for the Guide Dog Association.
Her email address is

New dates for Isle of Wight Trainings:

Compliance: Safe Space.  Levels 1 & 2 needed by everyone including YLs by Christmas 2020. Island Commissioner to send out links for on-line trainings. There had been problems with record keeping at Gg UK. Trainings must be completed again and updated if certificates are not current.

Trainings with Deborah ( GIW Lead Trainer& via Zoom): September/October Trainings now completed.

News from SWE Region. (18.6.2020)
We have an exciting announcement! We know how hard many of you and your girls have been working during lockdown to complete virtual sleepovers. Well now we have badges available for all those girls that have kept on guiding and completed a virtual sleepover. They are available on the Region shop, you will need to purchase now and orders will be sent out by the end of July.
Safe Space Level 3 & 4 trainings to be held virtually- see Home Page of this website for new dates.

 Virtual Trainings available on the booking site:

 Virtual zoom training available from Region see Home page for dates.


Here is an invitation for all units to learn Scottish Dancing. The activity is free.


A member of the IW Caledonian Society has offered to teach GIW members Scottish Dancing.
There is no charge for sessions and the music will be provided via CDs.
The only requests are:
That the venue is suitable for dancing.
Dancers have suitable shoes- plimsolls-ballet shoes- (shoes that do not come off feet easily)
A CD player or something to play CDs is available at the venue.
Leaders are prepared to help with the sessions.
If you are interested, please let Suzanne (PR & Marketing GIW) have details of when you would like a session (date and time) and venue + your contact details that you don’t mind sharing.
Sessions will start in January 2019 on a first come basis.


Gill, the Community Engagement Officer for Amey Waste Management on the Island offers the following:

Are you interested in finding out what happens to your rubbish and how you can do more to recycle?

As part of the waste partnership between the Isle of Wight Council and Amey, we have developed a programme to help young people understand how they can reduce, reuse and recycle the waste they produce.

Guides,Rainbows & Brownies on the Island will be able to book a FREE waste workshop with the Amey communications team.

The practical workshops will be tailored to be hands on activities for the girls and will be provided FREE by Amey.

We are hoping the community outreach service will be available from February 2018. Interested groups can find out more and book a place by calling Gill on mobile: 07595056672 or emailing:

Amey will be taking part in visits to community groups – as well as attending local events with a mobile education trailer – as part of its work for the Isle of Wight Council. (Groups may want to book this for summer fairs etc) Enabling our education/engagement team to liaise with parents/carers/guardians/children etc.


Would you like to take the girls to see some elderly people?

Katrina from Cherry Blossoms writes:

Hi there, My name is kat. I work for Cherry Blossoms Care Home in Arctic Road, Cowes.

I have recently taken over the role as Activities coordinator and I’ve been looking for different thing’s and activities and visits to try and do with our lovely residents. I’m not sure whether you do visits to care homes, but I believe my ladies and gentlemen could really benefit from meeting you and the children. A visit could really put a smile on their faces too. Just to meet some new faces. We would love a visit from you and would love to hear back from you.

Katrina Flynn

(activities coordinator )



As most of you who work within units know there is a Growth & Retention campaign running at the moment. On the Island a small committee has been formed to look into ways to advertise Girlguiding IW on the Island so that units with small numbers  of girls can remain open and new leaders can be found to prevent the closure of units where there are lots of girls but leaders have had to leave for one reason or another.

To this end a public advertising campaign commenced in 2019 and will continue in 2020 with a  team of leaders  attending local events to see if any new members come forward.

When will YOU help at an event?    Most units can always do with extra adult help especially if there are numbers of girls, so will you help to find new leaders and helpers? By attending one or more of the events where Girlguiding IW is having a stand or helping run activities you will not only have the chance to recruit new girls but perhaps engage with an ideal leader or helper for your own unit or another one on the Island.

Use the ‘contact’ on this website for more details.

We  now plan to attend special IW events in 2021– Which will you help at?  Everyone needs to get involved with recruiting new leaders/ members.

Most of the events that we planned to attend in 2020 are now cancelled or postponed due to CV19.


Anyone for Tennis?


East Cowes Vics ladies/girls football team have just launched open training sessions for girls training on Saturday mornings.   Sessions are run by fully qualified and licensed coaches with many years experience in the game. The youth section will also benefit from the perks of the senior teams partnership with Women’s Super League team Reading FC. This includes visits to training by professional players and coaches as well as trips to watch Reading Ladies train and also watch their matches through the season.
6-9 Year Olds 10.00-11.00
10-14 Year Olds 11.00-12.30
Any girls age 15+ are eligible for training with the senior team, East Cowes Vics Ladies.

Contact for further information: